ENGL 327ONLINE – African American Literature
Support or refute the contention that Booker T. Washington refuses to verify slavery as a brutal and evil institution.
Booker T. Washington was the most famous African America between 1895 and 1915 in this country. He was also considered the most influential black educator of the late 19th and early 20th centuries as he controlled the flow of funds to black schools and colleges. He was born a slave on a plantation in Virginia where he actually experienced slavery. Just as we see in politics today, some people will always say negative things about their rival. There has always been a contention that Booker T. Washington refuses to verify slavery as a brutal and evil institution. Coming up are some reasons why I think he did verify that slavery was a brutal and evil institution.
Born in slavery, Booker T. Washington in A Slaves among Slaves expressed his views about slavery based on his life experience. The stated that “my life had it beginning in the midst of the most miserable, desolate, and discouraging surroundings. This was so, however, not because my owners were especially cruel, for they were not, as compared with many others” (Gates and McKay 572). He when further to explain how he was born in a small log cabin about fourteen by sixteen feet square and he lived in the cabin with his mother and a brother and sister till after the Civil War, when there were all declared free. He expressed his concern for not knowing who his father was or where and when he was born. All of these doesn’t seems to me like he refuses to verify the brutality of slavery.
Upon further reading of his works, he made these sentence which directly tells us what he thinks about slavery. He wrote “…notwithstanding the cruel wrongs inflicted upon us, the black man got nearly as much out of slavery as the white man did” (Gates and McKay 579). By saying this, he acknowledged that slavery was a...
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